Flo Jo unlike Ethical

Mangaroa Flo Jo (Anna Jones), blinkers, winning at New Plymouth. (Photo: Race Images, PN).

Mangaroa Flo Jo (Anna Jones), blinkers, winning at New Plymouth. (Photo: Race Images, PN).

Cambridge mare Mangaroa Flo Jo can handle faster tracks and she will get a surface to suit in her first crack at a black-type event tomorrow.

The High Chaparral mare, who comes off a last-start victory to tackle the Listed Jakkalberry Classic at Rotorua tomorrow, is unlike her well-performed sister and stablemate Ethical, a noted wet-tracker.

“Obviously, she’s on the way up and there are three or four good ones at the top of the handicap, but there isn’t a lot of depth,” said trainer Graham Thomas.

“I thought she was like Ethical and she wanted a muddy track until I took her to Te Teko one day and she found a bit of good ground there and really flew.”

Mangaroa Flo Jo has won four of her 16 starts and Thomas is keen to complement that record with a stakes credit or two while she is toward the bottom of the handicap.

“She’s quite small and we have to be careful where we go – she can’t carry weight,” he said.

“Hopefully, we can sneak a bit of black type then we might go to the Feilding Cup in a couple of weeks or we could wait for the Counties Cup. It depends on how she goes on Saturday.

“She’s working well, we’ve got a good jockey (Danielle Johnson) and the draw is okay.”

Mangaroa Flo Jo was successful at New Plymouth last month with the central districts trip undertaken to have the five-year-old at her peak for this challenge.

“It’s a nice progression distance-wise from the 1800 metres at Taranaki to the 1950 metres,” said Thomas.

– NZ Racing Desk.